Register July 2019 No. 763
Chapter HA 4
PROCEDURE AND PRACTICE FOR WORKER'S COMPENSATION AND RELATED CASES
Application of rules.
Application of department rules.
Procedure on claim.
Appearance by attorney or agent.
Service and filing.
Witness attendance; extension of time and postponement.
Rules of practice; selection of hearing site.
Audio recording of formal hearings.
Reports by practitioners and expert witnesses.
Use of reports as evidence.
Procedure and claims under ch. 40
Witness fees and travel reimbursement.
Ch. HA 4 Note
Chapter HA 4 (title) was created and ss. HA 4.04, 4.07, 4.08, 4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 4.13, 4.15, 4.16, and 4.17 were renumbered from ss. DWD 80.05, 80.08, 80.09, 80.11, 80.12, 80.13, 80.14, 80.22, 80.31, and 80.44 by the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1. and 2. and pursuant to 2015 Wisconsin Act 55
, section 9151 (2) (g)
in Register May 2018 No. 749
HA 4.01 Application of rules. HA 4.01(2)
Scope and application.
This chapter applies to the procedure of the division with respect to worker's compensation hearings under ch. 102
, Stats., and to hearings under ss. 40.65 (2)
, 59.88 (3)
, 62.624 (2)
, 303.07 (7)
, and 303.21
, Stats., and s. 66.191
, 1981 Stats.
HA 4.01 History
History: CR 18-059: cr. Register July 2019 No. 763, eff. 8-1-19. HA 4.02
HA 4.02 Definitions.
In this chapter:
Administrative law judge” means a hearing examiner employed by the office of worker's compensation hearings to conduct hearings under s. 102.18 (2) (b)
Applicant” means a party filing an application for relief.
Department” means the department of workforce development.
Division” means the division of hearings and appeals.
Office of worker's compensation hearings” is one of several subunits authorized by the division administrator and is the subunit that administers adjudicatory functions related to worker's compensation claims.
Respondent” means a party adverse to an application for relief.
HA 4.02 History
History: CR 18-059: cr. Register July 2019 No. 763, eff. 8-1-19; correction in (1) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2019 No. 763. HA 4.03
HA 4.03 Application of department rules. HA 4.03(1)(1)
Section DWD 80.025
applies to the procedure for inspection and copying of worker's compensation records in the custody of the division.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, the provisions of s. DWD 80.03
apply with respect to the division when the division acts on a compromise under s. l02.16 (1) (c), Stats., to the same extent those provisions apply to the department when acting on a compromise under s. 102.16 (1) (b)
All written compromise agreements submitted to the division shall contain the following statement:
The employee has the right to petition the department of administration, division of hearings and appeals to set aside or modify this compromise agreement within one year of its approval by the division. The division may set aside or modify the compromise agreement. The right to request the division to set aside or modify the compromise agreement does not guarantee that the compromise will in fact be reopened.
Substantive rules of the department that implement, interpret, or make specific legislation enforced or administered by the department within the meaning of s. 227.01 (13)
, Stats., have the force and effect of law in proceedings before the division under this chapter.
HA 4.03 Note
Substantive rules of the department dealing with worker's compensation have the force and effect of law in worker's compensation and related proceedings before the division. These include, without limitation, the factors listed in s. DWD 80.34
in determining loss of earning capacity, the factors listed in s. DWD 80.39
in determining whether to order full or partial payment of unaccrued compensation to an employee or his or her dependents under s. 102.32 (6m)
, Stats., the provisions of s. DWD 80.43
in determining the amount of attorney fees and costs under s. 102.26 (3)
, Stats., and the factors set out in s. DWD 80.49 (9) (b)
in determining whether an offer of employment is suitable under s. DWD 80.49 (8) (c)
and (9) (b)
HA 4.03 History
History: CR 18-059: cr. Register July 2019 No. 763, eff. 8-1-19. HA 4.04
Procedure on claim. HA 4.04(1)(1)
In cases of disputes in matters coming under the jurisdiction of ch. 102
, Stats., or s. 40.65
, 59.88 (3)
, 62.624 (2)
, 303.07 (7)
, or 303.21
, Stats., and s. 66.191
, 1981 Stats., any party to the dispute may apply to the department for relief.
In all such cases under sub. (1)
, the applicant shall file his or her application with the department, along with sufficient copies of the application for service on the respondents. The department shall thereupon serve the respondents with a copy of the application and the respondents shall file an answer to the application with the division within 20 days after the service and likewise serve a copy of the answer on the applicant. If no answer is mailed by the respondent within 20 days of service of the application by the department, the division may issue an order by default, without hearing, in accordance with the application, as provided by s. 102.18 (1) (a)
HA 4.04 Note
See s. 102.17
After an application for hearing is served, the division shall manage its caseload by appropriate action including any of the following:
Determining whether any answer received is complete, identifies the correct date of injury, and identifies the correct parties for that date of injury.
Filing documents or other material received or issued in connection with the claim.
Controlling its calendar and scheduling matters for hearing.
Notifying the parties of the time and place of hearing, at least 10 days prior to the hearing.
Conducting hearings and making findings, orders, and awards that are lawful and just under the circumstances.
After an application for hearing is served, the division, when appropriate, may take other action to manage its caseload, including any of the following:
In cases of vision loss and hearing loss, obtaining a computation of permanent disability indemnity.
Impleading other employers or insurance carriers.
Securing the participation of the uninsured employers fund or the work injury supplemental benefit fund.
Dismissing parties improperly served with the application.